BLOG NEWS: Low vegetable and fruit intake now cause more illness than smoking

The Ministry of Health's recently released Burden of Disease study for New Zealand released recently reveals that excess body weight is predicted to cause more health loss by 2016 than tobacco.

According to the study, low vegetable and fruit intake combined with other dietary risk factors, such as high intake of salt, saturated fat and calories, already account for a higher health loss than tobacco.

New Zealanders are being encouraged to eat more vegetables in the battle against the bulge – as being healthy involves eating at least three servings of fresh vegetables per day.

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